Rearview | Manikarnika, Priyanka Gandhi, and What Indian Women Do When the Men Fail

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Rearview | Manikarnika, Priyanka Gandhi, and What Indian Women Do When the Men Fail

Illustration: Akshita Monga

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esterday, like so many of us biding the interim period until Gully Boy releases in mid-February, I watched Kangana Ranaut’s Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi. I have to say I was not even a little surprised, because it turned out to be as hoarse, as strident, as mildly amusing as it promised in the run-up to the release.

Ranaut, who I otherwise really enjoy watching on screen and off it, replaces her formidable acting chops with jaw-clenching and dead-serious eye-balling through all of the important scenes. She is surrounded by a coterie of loser-ly men; the clueless English officers all seem to have arrived at a Halloween party dressed as Alex DeLarge from A Clockwork Orange.

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